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President signs child nutrition bill

December 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has signed an extension of the nation’s child nutrition program, including new provisions designed to make school meals healthier for kids. The bill authorizes the US Department of Agriculture to update the current nutritional standards for school lunches and to set standards for all food sold on school campuses, including vending machines, “a la carte” lines and school stores.

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Obesity rates levelling off among some children

August 17, 2010

Childhood obesity rates in California are showing signs of leveling off or even declining among some adolescents, a new study led by UC San Francisco researchers has found. But the rates continue to climb for some ethnic and racial groups, and the worst cases are as numerous, and as serious, as ever.

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Research shows dental care disparities among white, minority children

July 28, 2010

Latino and African American children in Medicaid have high rates of tooth decay but visit dentists less often than children with private insurance, according to a new article in the journal Health Affairs. But the racial and ethnic disparities go beyond economic status. Latino and African American children with private insurance are less likely than white children to see a dentist, and they go longer between visits. And Latino and African American children in Medicaid are more likely than white children in Medicaid to go longer between trips to the dentist.

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Santa Clara proposes new tax for Healthy Kids program

July 6, 2010

Santa Clara County leaders are proposing a $29 parcel tax to save a model program that has helped the county provide insurance to nearly every child who was without coverage.

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Santa Clara to restrict linking of toys, unhealthy food

April 27, 2010

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has given tentative approval to an ordinance that would restrict the ability of restaurants to use toys or other incentives to entice children into eating meals that are high in fat, sugar, and calories. The ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Who pays taxes in California

April 14, 2010

Low-income families with children paid state income taxes in 2009 after making about $35,000, according to a new report from the California Budget Project. In 2008, a family of four didn’t pay income tax until they made more than $51,000. The change is largely due to the reduction in the size of the dependent tax credit.

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The place to go for data on kids

April 7, 2010

If you follow issues involving children and their health and well being, you should be aware of a web site that provides tons of data on California kids, organized in a way that is easy to find and use. Kidsdata.org, a project of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, presents the information on a statewide basis and broken out by region. The site houses millions of facts presented by school district, city and county, making it easy to compare and contrast how kids are doing in different places.

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Care for 1 million kids at risk

February 26, 2010

The California Budget Project has just released a county-by-county analysis showing the regional impact on children’s health care from the proposals in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget. Statewide the cuts would eliminate coverage for more than 1 million kids while forfeiting $1 billion in federal funds now coming to the state.

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